Summer Reading Station Organization

School is out…let summer begin! But wait, alas, we have summer reading {and all the children say…”BOO!”}. I have already showed you the DIY Vintage Crates I created to help organize all of our summer reading essentials. Today, we will address part 2…

Organizing A Summer Reading Station !!

Get your kiddos organized with this Summer Reading Station!

The first step was to actually get the books they needed! I put the books in each crate, that I labeled with their initials using chalkboard paper and a chalk pen.


Get your kiddos organized with this Summer Reading Station!

Next, I took each of their summer reading assignments and reduced the size of them. I then place them inside self adhesive laminating pouches. I punched holes in the corners of the pouches, and tied them onto the crates with jute twine! Hopefully, this will solve the…”Mom, do you know where my summer reading assignment is?” question!

Get your kiddos organized with this Summer Reading Station!

I also created journals for each of my children’s crates. In the front of my son’s journal, I included Drawing Prompts. I chose this instead of writing prompts for him because that is how he best expresses himself.

Get your kiddos organized with this Summer Reading Station!

In the back of my son’s journal is his school folder to keep track of all the books he reads over the summer break!

Get your kiddos organized with this Summer Reading Station!

Now for my daughter, I included a writing prompts printable. She thrives in writing !

Get your kiddos organized with this Summer Reading Station!

I included a very simple printable book record in the back of her they get older, the books get larger and they do not read quite as many as they used to!

Get your kiddos organized with this Summer Reading Station!

So, that is how we are rolling this summer! This bookcase sits right in the heart of our home…the kitchen! Our cute little DIY vintage crates occupy the bottom shelf and are both adorable and practical! Each one has been individualized and personalized for my children and contain all their summer reading “stuff” all in one place!

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Summer reading can be a challenge in our home but I am hoping to at least make it easier this year!


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  1. very cute idea!

  2. What a wonderful idea! Always such useful projects over here! Have a great weekend, friends!

  3. Summer reading is the best. I adore your reading crates, very organized. It is good too see them at the center of your home, showing the kids the importance and joy one can receive from reading! Loving your cheery green with the crisp white!
    Thanks for featuring my cones, going to take a peek!

  4. Great idea!

  5. This is a great idea. I love the crates and I think your summer organization is great!

  6. from one Bonnie to another..this is awesome! I am going to set up a reading station also and love your ideas! Thanks and perfect timing – our school just got out a couple of days ago and want to get this going next week! Thanks :)

  7. What a great idea! Thanks for linking up :)

  8. This is great! Do you have the link for the writing and drawing prompts? Fabulous idea!

  9. Fantastic idea! Perfect for keeping keeping things organized and also, motivating to read at the same time. My children also have assigned summer reading for next school year. Thanks so much for the inspiration! :-)

  10. I love how you are encouraging reading! What a gift you are bestowing upon your children :)

    I am visiting from COUNTRY MAMMA COOKS link up.

  11. Great idea, I love that you attached the writing prompt worksheets in the journal.
    I am visiting from Just Us Four link up.

  12. I love keeping things organized in my home, and you have provided great ideas, a very nice organization, thank you for sharing.

  13. Love it! So organized and pretty :)

  14. My boys have summer reading assignments, too and I love the idea of a summer journal and a list of their assignments close by. Thank you SO much for sharing this (and inspiring me!) at the {what’s shakin’ link party}!!

  15. Very cute. I love the little crates and the green plates! This entire setup looks awesome!


  16. Love the printables – what a way to inspire your kiddos! My eldest is really into writing, too. The crates are super cute, I’ll have to check out your DIY post. I would love if you would join my new(ish) linky party, Simply Sensational Tuesday. If you would like to, I would love to have you link this post. Thanks!

  17. Great idea. You’re such an organized mom. Stop by and link up if you have time!

  18. What a fabulous idea!! Definitely the cutest reading station I have ever seen – the whole display looks great! Enjoy the rest of your week!
    Jenn :)

  19. This is a great little organized station- Every child should be so lucky to have one! We used your post for our weekly reading series for the summer @ theclassroomcreative . We hope to inspire other parents with your post. Enjoy your summer! Karen & Nicolette

  20. This is such a great idea! Our kids are still young that we just give them a timed reading requirement for summer but I will definitely be pinning this for when they get a little older.

  21. This is such a wonderful idea! My boys finished school last week and this would be a great way to keep them reading throughout the summer.


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